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The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office allocated $1 million to process its backlog of 1,500 untested rape kits. Yet two-and-a-half years later, deputies haven’t made a single arrest. They did not attempt to reach out to the victim at least half the cases in which DNA produced new leads, nor did they interview a single suspect. Meanwhile, many suspects whose DNA was found in the kits went on to get arrested for other sexual assaults.
The Palm Beach Post
A year after reporting the lowest ratio of women athletes in the country, Florida Atlantic University counted 55 women who didn’t exist in its gender equity report to the U.S. Department of Education. The staggering numbers: FAU claimed it had 98 women’s track athletes. Its roster listed 43, and its team photo shows 38.
The Palm Beach Post
More than 3,000 pages of newly released documents from Wellington's 1990 "clown killer" cold case include statements from co-workers who described unusual behavior by the suspect and her then-business-associate — and later-husband — and suspicious financial activity in the days leading up to and following the shooting.
Tyler Miller said he was sexually harassed by four teammates on the Sprague High School basketball team in 2015. The school district investigated but refused to tell Miller its finding, citing student privacy laws. Two years later, the district pitted Miller against his harassers in a game.
The University of Oregon says its policy is not to notify coaches if their student-athletes are accused of sexual assault, so as not to risk "tainting investigations." But Dana Altman's phone records, which I obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show he was enmeshed in Kavell Bigby-Williams' rape case from the beginning. This is a follow-up to my investigative story in Sports Illustrated.
Rod Adams, a 61-year-old homeless man who's been arrested and cited 40 times in nine years by Eugene police for a variety of minor, non-violent crimes, argued in front of a jury that his arrest for sleeping on private property criminalizes homelessness. But the judge wasn't hearing it.
Winner of 2017 Hearst Award for enterprise reporting
After breaking the news in the student newspaper that an Oregon basketball player played the entire season, including the Final Four, I dug into the university's handling the of allegation. My ensuing investigation for Sports Illustrated revealed UO officials violated their obligations and under the law and acted at odds with the school's own policies for responding to sexual misconduct. This story prompted U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to write UO President Michael Schill a letter demanding more information about the school's handling of the allegation.
The University of Oregon athletic department provides its employees free cars to drive for personal use. The program, in theory, should be free, because the cars are provided by local auto dealerships as gift-in-kind. But according to my analysis, the department promises employees far more cars than it actually has, so the majority of employees — including the athletic director himself — collect lucrative monthly stipends in lieu of actual cars.
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After writing a computer program to scrape the San Diego County restaurant inspection database, I found thousands of restaurants 'A' letter grades on routine inspections, despite inspectors finding up 10 violations, including those that pose imminent health hazards. The health department said this was a good thing, but experts disagreed, and an analysis of other jurisdiction's grading systems showed it was far easier to achieve an 'A' in San Diego than elsewhere.
Tuition costs for Oregon students have increased for four years straight and nearly doubled in the last decade. Meanwhile, the Oregon athletic department continues to thrive, with its annual revenues ballooning to more than $113 million, up from $40 a decade ago. Of that $113 million, about $5 million comes directly out of students' pockets, despite the athletic department's claims of self-sufficiency.
Media pick-ups: The Register-Guard
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I wrote a computer program to scrape the advertising platforms Weedmaps and Leafly and found hundreds of marijuana delivery services operating illegally in San Diego County. While many of those businesses are working to become licensed, San Diego police have begun cracking down on them, saying they present problems for law enforcement and a danger to the public.
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I analyzed San Diego police calls for service data and found police in 2017 are performing increased numbers of "homeland security checks" — or proactive measures to provide increased security for particular places and people — particularly at the Islamic Center, Jewish Community Center and Muslim Community Center. A San Diego police spokesman says the locations they perform checks "just depends on what’s happening in the world today.”
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In a high-profile criminal case in which a local marijuana attorney is accused of destroying evidence, a San Diego judge took measures to prevent the prosecution from potentially accessing documents protected by attorney-client privilege.
Kavell Bigby-Williams, a 6-foot-11 transfer power forward, played the entire season for Oregon, including the Final Four, while under criminal investigation for the alleged sexual assault of a female student at Gillette College in Wyoming. According to UO, athletic director Rob Mullens, head coach Dana Altman and other athletic department staffers knew police were looking into the player but did not know or ask why. This is the breaking news story I wrote that preceded my investigative reporting in Sports Illustrated.
Each year the Oregon athletic department asks students to pay more money for tickets to sporting events, but for the past three years students refused. This year, with the athletic department growing increasingly unsatisfied and the threat of it pulling out of the ticket agreement altogether looming, student government decided to make a one-time payment of $10,000 in order to make peace.
In this story with Sarah Alvarez, I wrote computer programs to scrape court records the 36th District Court of Michigan website and exposed a controversial "pay-or-stay" system in Detroit. According to the data, in two months alone, taxpayers paid to jail 256 residents who didn't pay traffic tickets. They were jailed an average of four days, costing taxpayers $600 apiece, though in most cases their fines totaled half that amount.
My analysis of defendant's address field in thousands of Eugene Municipal Court records found the homeless in Eugene received roughly 35 percent of all tickets for minor crimes in 2016, despite accounting for no more than 2 percent of the population. The records show police repeatedly ticketed numerous homeless individuals for trespassing, illegal camping, disorderly conduct and violating park rules.
Media pick-ups: Willamette Week
Eugene police have arrested and ticketed Rod Adams, a 60-year-old homeless man, 40 times in nine years for a slew of non-violent, minor crimes associated with being homeless — from sleeping on private property to "theft of electricity" for having his laptop plugged in to an outlet he did not have permission to use. Now he's taking his four most recent trespassing citations to jury trials. He plans to use the necessity defense.
Winner of 2017 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association award for Best Sports Story at a college newspaper
When then-athletic director Pat Kilkenny decided to revive the baseball program and drop wrestling in 2009, he projected it to turn a profit within five years. But an analysis of the program’s financial transparency reports show its annual budget deficit has increased every year since 2009, tickets are down nearly 50 percent, and administration salaries now exceed the entire income of the program.
My analysis of a database of more than 100,000 elder abuse complaints found the average fine for a substantiated cases was only $98, making it less expensive for long-term care facilities to break the rules than provide proper care. The analysis revealed flaws in a penalty structure that had been rarely updated since 1977 — until after this story, by Kelly Kenoyer and I, was released.
Willie Taggart, Oregon's newly hired head football coach, said he would no longer be fielding questions from Andrew Greif, lead Ducks beat reporter at the state's top news outlet, after Greif published a story detailing a "grueling" workout that resulted in the hospitalization of three players. While Taggart said he "won’t have shit to do with" Greif anymore, Greif defended his reporting and the school's faculty athletics representative said the story was fair and the characterization of the workouts were misinterpreted by the public.
Winner of 2016 IRE Award for student investigative reporting
My investigation for the student newspaper revealed the star of the Oregon football team instigated two fights with teammates in the locker room — one of whom he concussed with a punch to the head — and had been investigated for strangling his girlfriend. Neither the school, team nor law enforcement took any disciplinary action against him, instead reprimanding the victims. After the athletic department threatened to revoke my game credentials during my reporting, UO President Michael Schill asked UO's general counsel to investigate the athletic department for violating the school's free speech policies.